Leading traditional perspective Pauline scholar Thomas Schreiner in this second edition of Interpreting the Pauline Epistles provides an updated guide to the concerns and methods of doing exegesis on the New Testament epistles traditionally assigned to the apostle Paul (Rom., 1&2 Cor., Gal., Eph., Phil., Col., 1&2 Thess., Philemon., 1&2 Tim., Titus).
The first edition aided students by alerting students to critical concerns and methodological issues in studying the Pauline corpus. The Second Edition is revised throughout to account for changes in the field and to incorporate the revised and further developed judgments of the author, Thomas Schreiner. The book helps readers understand the nature of first-century letters, the practice and necessity of textual criticism, research and make judgments on historical and introductory issues, probe theological context, provide responsible interpretation, and much more.
New Testament scholars, students, and pastors (especially those who interpret Paul within the tradition of the Reformation) will greatly benefit from this book as a basic guide to not only exegesis but interpretation---a discipline which carries many pitfalls.
Leading Pauline-studies expert Thomas Schreiner provides an updated guide to the exegesis of the New Testament epistles traditionally assigned to Paul. The first edition helped thousands of students dig deeper into studying the New Testament epistles. This new edition is revised throughout to account for changes in the field and to incorporate the author's maturing judgments. The book helps readers understand the nature of first-century letters, do textual criticism, investigate historical and introductory issues, probe theological context, and much more.
Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including New Testament Theology; Magnifying God in Christ; Apostle of God's Glory in Christ; and Romans in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
This is a wonderfully clear and thorough guide. Schreiner draws on his decades of scholarship to paint a 'big picture' of how to read Paul's letters. At the same time, he breaks the reading process down into smaller steps, and he illustrates those steps with numerous examples. For students who want to move from guesswork and random dabbling to informed, life-changing engagement with the divinely inspired writings of the apostle Paul, there is no better starting place.
-Robert W. Yarbrough,
professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
"In a welcome update to a tried and trusted textbook, Tom Schreiner shows us how to find our way around Paul's world, letters, language, culture, and theology. Whether one is deciphering Paul's Greek grammar, learning how to follow his arguments, or studying Paul's unique vocabulary, Schreiner is a reliable guide to the novice and veteran alike. Seminary students will be forever grateful to Schreiner for giving them this book!
-Michael F. Bird,
lecturer in theology, Crossway College
The new, updated edition of Tom Schreiner's excellent little book will be a boon to those who want to be responsible interpreters of Scripture. Although it specifically addresses the interpretation of Paul's letters, its principles are appropriate to all biblical interpretation. Schreiner, himself a masterful exegete, writes with his typical clarity and with the conviction that these writings are the inspired word of God. Those who read and heed this practical handbook will be in a strong position to feed the flock of Christ.
-Donald A. Hagner,
George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary